Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Bonhams: Greek Bronze Situla

One of the pieces that caught my eye in the April sale at Bonhams was lot 11: A large Greek bronze situla, circa 4th Century B.C. The estimate is £4,000 - £ 6,000.

The cited parallel is "Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki, exhibition catalogue 1978, no. 332." This piece was found in a tomb at Kalamaria, a suburb of Thessaloniki.

This would suggest that the piece on offer at Bonhams could have been found in Macedonia. The situla appears to be complete and is likely to have been recovered from a tomb.

When was it found? Where has it been residing?

Why is there no collecting history provided for this situla?

What sort of checks have been made?

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